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Musings on the Coast

To: All Members of the Laguna Beach City Council Re: Six-month moratorium on choosing or placing public art Background For some time, activists have complained about the quality of public art in Laguna Beach. It is not worthy of us. It does not belong in Laguna Beach; it belongs...
Posted On 21 Jan 2016

Heart Talk

Iowa? New Hampshire? Why Not Laguna Beach? Every four years, we in this part of the country are gripped by a sense of powerlessness and frustration. We must sit idly by as the Iowa caucus, then the New Hampshire primary go a long way, a long disproportional way toward determining...

The Kibitzer

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ire Councilwoman Toni Iseman opened Agenda Item 22 at the last Council meeting by informing us that Laguna Beach had one of the highest per capita voting support for legalizing medical marijuana back in 1996. It was known as Prop. 215 – the...
Posted On 21 Jan 2016

Taking Stock

Bottoms And Tops Is the stock slump over? Maybe. The market made a remarkable upward reversal on Wednesday after disorganized selling took the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 500 points before buyers finally rushed in, sending the Dow up over 400 points. The next day,...

The Slant

A Glance Over the Shoulder Within one 15-minute period recently I received word of the deaths of my 101-year-old great grandfather and the beloved husband of my next-door neighbor. Time is the enemy. It is now 2016 and another year has passed. Question. Is the past superior to...

Pet Peeves

The Alibi It’s been 29 years now. That was the last New Year’s Eve that I was awake for. Marriage, kids, and job made me too tired to whoop it up and bring in a new year of marriage, kids and job. Plus you look like a moron celebrating another year of marriage, kids and job. I...

Wisdom Workout

Awakening Emotional Intelligence It is a part of our human nature to fear and avoid change, emotional discomfort, visibility, vulnerability and the unknown. We want to be right, sure, safe and free from pain. We wish that we could find some way to reap all of life’s...

Taking Stock

How To Handle A Correction Stocks continue to stumble further into a “correction,” defined as a decline of more than 10%. These unnerving events occur about 20 months and take an average of 3 months to work themselves out. A “bear market” is a decline of more than 20%. There was...

Village Matters

Laguna Beach their Liverpool? I’m not much of a groupie. I haven’t followed the music scene, either locally or further afield. But that changed last year when I got the idea that the South Laguna Community Garden Park should have a rock concert to raise money to buy the garden...

The Kibitzer

I should have known better than to take my first trip to Cuba with a bunch of retired guys from Philly. It wasn’t just the east coast abrasiveness (which I myself have been accused of), their lack of mobility, or their rather narrow worldviews. It was also the cigars. Nothing to...
Posted On 08 Jan 2016

Pet Peeves

Under Our Skin If residents are mad at Haagen pricing, then I say residents are apoplectic at Oceane Skin Care sales tactics. Residents are all red faced and hot under the collar at their high-pressure salespeople. Definitely this business has gotten under our collective skin and...

Taking Stock

Keep Your Head When All About Are Losing Theirs Stocks tumbled into January with their weakest performance to begin a New Year in 15 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was below 3,000. It was on its way to over 13,000 in 2007 before the financial crisis, which took it below...

Persimmon Granted

How Volunteering Might Save My Holiday Cooking I love holiday cooking. More accurately, I love when someone else does this kind of cooking and serves it to me. Before I had children, I liked to think that I was something of a good cook. But in my current circle of mom-friends, do...

Since the Coyotes Came Down

Editor’s Note: This edition features submissions from a writers’ workshop led by local resident Christine Fugate. All are fiction, except as noted. Used to be when I’d get home from work, I’d take off my bra, put on my sandals and walk Scrumptious down St. Ann’s Drive to the Nita...

Taking Stock

Good Bye, 2015; You’re Flat Time is running out for the stock market to put any exciting numbers on the scoreboard. With only one trading day left, both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial averages are at the same levels at which they began the year. This flat...